Oct. 10, 2011
The Stanford Cardinal (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12 North) will look to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games on Saturday when it travels to Pullman, Wash., to meet the Washington State Cougars (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12 North). Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. at Martin Stadium. Stanford is coming off a 48-7 victory over Colorado on Saturday, extending its winning streak to 13 games, tying a school record. Washington State is coming off a 28-25 loss at UCLA. The Cardinal is ranked 7th by AP and 5th in the USA Today Coaches polls this week.
Saturday’s Stanford-Washington State game will be televised live by Versus, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be carried live on Stanford’s flagship station, KNBR 1050 AM, with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and will conclude with the Cardinal Locker Room Report following the game. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday’s game. All Stanford radio broadcasts can also be heard on GoStanford.com via the All-Access player.
Stanford-Washington State Series
In a series that dates back to 1936, Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington State, 35-25-1. The Cardinal has won the last three games in the series, including last year’s contest played in the Bay Area, 38-28. Stanford holds a 6-5 edge in the last 11 games played between the two schools dating back to the 2000 season and has won five out of the last seven games since 2004. The Cardial has fared well in the Palouse as of late, posting a 4-1 record in its last five trips to Martin Stadium, including a 39-13 victory in the 2009 season opener.
- Now 5-0 (3-0 Pac-12 North) after Saturday’s 48-7 home victory over Colorado..has won 13 straight games dating back to last season, tying a school record...streak is the longest in the nation among FBS teams.
- Has posted a 30-13 (.697) record since 2008 and are 25-6 (.806) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Ranked 7th this week in the AP Top 25 and 5th in the USA Today Coaches poll...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for 14 straight weeks, marking the program’s longest run as a Top 10 team in school history.
- Has won nine straight home games and is 20-2 in its last 22 home games at Stanford Stadium dating back to the final home game of the 2007 season...is 7-1 in its last eight true road games.
- David Shaw is the first Stanford head coach to start his tenure with a 5-0 record since Chuck Taylor, who led the Indians to nine straight wins in his inaugural season in 1951.
- Leads the Pac-12 in four defensive categories -- rushing defense (61.80), total defense (302.40), scoring defense (10.60), and sacks per game (3.40)...ranks second in the conference behind Cal in TFL per game (7.60)...rush defense ranks second nationally behind Alabama (39.83).
- Defense has held the opponent scoreless in 12 out of 20 quarters this season and have allowed just six offensive touchdowns...has not been scored upon in the first quarter and has allowed just six points in the third quarter over its first five games.
- Ranks second in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally in scoring offense, averaging 46.20 points a game...have scored 40 or more points 14 times in the last 31 games dating back to the 2009 season...averaging 41.9 ppg (755 total) over the last 18 contests..has set school scoring record each of the last two seasons.
- Built a 27-7 halftime lead against Colorado...has outscored its last 18 opponents 405-124 in the first half...last trailed at halftime vs. Notre Dame in 2009 (24-20)...were tied at the half last year against USC (14-14)
- Was 5-for-5 in the red zone vs. Colorado and have come away with points in all 27 trips to the red zone this season (22 TDs, 5 FGs)...have converted 92.0 (89-97) of its red zone chances over the last two seasons.
- Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck completed 26 of 33 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns vs. Colorado...now has 59 career TD passes which rank third on Stanford’s all-time list behind only John Elway (77) and Steve Stenstrom (72)...Stanford is 25-5 (.833) in Luck’s 30 career starts...his 25 career wins as a starter rank first all-time among Stanford QBs.
- Tight ends Coby Fleener (5), Zach Ertz (3) and Levine Toilolo (1) have accounted for nine of Stanford’s 15 TD receptions this season and 13 of the last 19 scoring strikes dating back to the Orange Bowl.
- OLB Chase Thomas leads the Pac-12 and is tied for 7th nationally in sacks per game (1.00).